TALKING SHOP: Filmmaker Robert H Lieberman spent time with C21Media at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam to explain how and why he managed to gain unprecedented access to the notoriously insular country of Burma for his documentary They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain.
Lieberman says: "I shot it over two-and-a-half years while working in Burma. Burma is probably the second most isolated country in the world after North Korea, so this was a really rare opportunity to film and show the world what Burma is like.
"This was one of the richest countries in South-East Asia; in terms of resources it still is. It had the top universities and now of course there is a brain drain going on because anybody that can, gets out. Young people are leaving because they want to be educated abroad. What's going on is a tragedy, but this is not a doom and gloom film."
Lieberman talks about the problems facing filmmakers in Burma and how he was given the opportunity to conduct a rare filmed interview with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who spent 15 years under house arrest after winning the country's election in 1990.